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Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Muttville is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, aged seven years and older, and to creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice

Results: In 2018, Muttville will have saved over 6,000 senior dogs!

Target demographics: senior dogs, aged 7 & older find a new beginning

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,051 senior dogs found new homes in 2017!

Geographic areas served: The Bay Area of California and beyond. We rescue and find homes as far and wide if we can get transport to these cities and regions

Programs: Mutt Guardian monthly giving program; Seniors For Seniors program, Hospice Program

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with, and donated to, Muttville for several years now, having adopted 10 of their senior rescues: Tucker, Cassie, Niner, WeeOne, Finnegan, Hana, Harley, Lolli, Pinto and Mozart, I can truly say that Sherri Franklin the founder has created a unique senior dog rescue, unlike any other in the country, that is leading the way in finding new, loving homes, for senior pets!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have both fostered and adopted a hospice dog from Muttville. This organization cares deeply about the older, vulnerable dogs. I hope that other rescues across the nation will copy the format that Muttville uses which is a cage free, open and welcoming facility.
When dogs arrive to Muttville, you can see how quickly their mannerism changes going from scared and alone to social, playful and happy like they just arrived home.
Sherri, the founder of Muttville is one of the most inspiring women I have met in my life. She is shaping the way the world treats older dogs. The revolutionary hospice program at Muttville allows folks to adopt a dog that will need palliative care. Muttville will cover that cost for the remainder of their life.

1 Roberta F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I started volunteering about 4 years ago. She was 13 and having a hard time in middle school. We started volunteering on the weekends and have been at Muttville almost every Saturday for almost 4 years. We have met hundreds of amazing senior dogs and helped so many of them find homes. But Muttville is not just about saving dogs it is about the people who work, volunteer and adopt there. We have met and worked with amazing people who are passionate, loving and committed to improving lives. I’ve been able to watch my daughter go from being a very reserved and soft spoken girl to being an outspoken, self assured, and confident young woman. We live Muttville and it has changed our lives. We are even the proud parents of s 12 year old Muttville alum. Thank you Muttville.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Together with my daughters, we have volunteered with Muttville for nearly four years. This has been pure joy for all three of us. The dogs are so loving, the volunteers are incredible, and we know what we are doing is really important (plus, cuddles...lots of cuddles). We adopted our first Muttville dog in 2014 after seeing his profile on-line. He really tugged on our heart strings! A couple years later we started fostering dogs, initially on weekends, and then full time. Fast forward and today we have 3 Muttville dogs!. Muttville has far exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We are honored to be part of such a wonderful organization that has truly changed the lives of senior dogs. My children understand the value and reward that comes from volunteering. It's a win/win - wonderful for the dogs, and wonderful for the people that love them.

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3 Shreya K

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky to be a Muttville volunteer for a year and I've never seen a more dedicated group of staff and volunteers. From three-legged dogs to dogs that act like puppies, to blind dogs to dogs without jaws- Muttville's got them all and welcomes each senior pup with open arms. My own pup is a proud Muttville alum and I was supported by the staff at every step, from deciding to foster to deciding to adopt her. I couldn't recommend Muttville strongly enough!

2 James M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is based on the belief that every dog deserves the chance to be loved. Sometimes a senior dog's guardian passes away or can no longer care for them. After going stray, senior dogs can need time and medical care that isn't available at most shelters. Muttville and their fosters take in these dogs, giving them the opportunity to recover and find a new family. Instead of dying alone and scared, dogs with terminal conditions enter Muttville's hospice program to live their best life. Most Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 Muttville opens their doors for adoption events. It's beautiful and peaceful. These dogs and the people at Muttville have so much love to share.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Muttville for 3 years now. It is such a special place, not only helping senior dogs find their forever home, but enriching the lives of so many people who find their forever companion. And they have special programs to help their senior clients on fixed income be able to adopt a special companion to enrich their lives too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, adopter and financial supporter of Muttville for almost as long as there has been a Muttville to support.

Tucker, Cassie, Niner, Wee One, Finnegan, Hana, Lolli, Harley, Pinto and Mozart were all Muttville alumni and we have loved everyone of them with all our hearts!

Muttville is such a special place, you cannot visit HQ without it bringing a smile to your face, as you walk in all these sweet old dogs, some small, some large, all emerge from every corner and descend upon you, looking
for love and attention, its simply not possible to be sad when you see them all, and realize that without Sherri
and her amazing staff (you know who you are) and an army of devoted volunteers that all these old dogs would
not have a 2nd chance to spend their remaining years in a loving home, and bringing joy and unconditional love to those that adopt them.

I *LOVE* Muttville

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4 Cindy P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Sherri Franklin in 2016 when she came to Oakland Animal Services to pick up some senior pups (as she does) where I have been a volunteer groomer since 2014. Sherri's dedication and devotion to her mission inspired me to help her organization, too, so now I volunteer at both! Muttville is an extraordinary place, full of amazing compassion for animals and each other as animal lovers. I got certified as an animal groomer JUST for this. It's not even my paying job. But what I get from it is priceless. I get so much joy from what I do and this very special organization I do it for... it's hard to describe the satisfaction it brings. I can't wait to retire so I can do MORE of this for Muttville!!
The staff and volunteers at Muttville work tirelessly to ensure these elder babies get the love and all-around attention they so need and deserve. Their passion is in providing new hope and a peaceful, safe space - both temporary and permanent - for senior dogs - the ones most likely to be overlooked/ignored/deemed un-adoptable by most shelters. How fabulous is THAT?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had lost my mom who was the only family I had. I used to spend my summer vacations with her, but I couldn’t longer do that. So I started to foster dogs. My depression went away. I started going to the beach and the park with the dog which I wouldn’t have done alone. It made me very happy. I found my peace and happy place by fostering dogs. Muttville changed my life for the better. I’m very thankful. I couldn’t live without a dog.

4 Luke S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My girlfriend and I began by attending a couple adoption outreach events. We met several amazing volunteers and doggies that convinced us to check out Muttville's Headquarters. We were so blown away by the dedication and commitment to doggies that may otherwise fall through the cracks. Since that time we've volunteered weekly for the last 2 years, fostered 8 dogs and adopted 3! Muttville is so amazing, saving so many dogs that might be euthanized, even though they're so happy and full of life. There are no cages, every dog is allowed the freedom to mingle. The dogs receive amazing care in the vet suite and get endless love from the staff and volunteers. Our life and the life of countless dogs is infinitely better because of Muttville!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer with Muttville 5 years ago. Being part of the work Muttville was doing finding loving, forever homes for senior dogs, some with very special needs, made me want to do more. I joined the board two years ago and continue to volunteer. Being able to share in the stories coming out of Muttville adoptions, the amazing lives these dogs find through Muttville, and all the goodness that is added to the lives of their new human guardians, brings a huge amount of joy to me. Thank you, Muttville.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville really is a magical, happy place. I think many folks hear senior dog rescue and think, "How sad!"

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

I've been volunteering at Muttville for four years now, and in that time, I've spent over 3,000 hours there, and over 3,000 dogs have found their forever homes. Most of these dogs would have faced certain euthanasia in the shelters that they came from.

Seeing these dogs blossom when given love, proper veterinary care and nutrition-it's just amazing.

When I first started as a volunteer, I largely did dog care and laundry. As I've grown in my role, I now lead outreach events into the community to educate about Muttville and its mission for senior dogs, and also have taken on the training of all new Muttville volunteers. I also heavily feature the Muttville mutts on my Facebook and Instagram accounts which has resulted in several adoptions. My Instagram account is found here: www.instagram.com/craighermes

It's rewarding work, and it has had a profound impact on my own health and well being. Do we heal the dogs or do they heal us? It's both. It's a perfect win-win.

One would be hard pressed to find a more diverse, compassionate, and loving community than Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Thank you.

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3 Kim C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been with Muttville for over 5 years now and have made wonderful friends! I’ve fostered over 20 dogs to great homes, and figured out how to cater to each one’s special-needs. Plus it has had me work on a challenging issue of mine, setting long-term goals & sticking to them. Plus not to isolate myself if I’m feeling sad about something, I like coming up w/projects no one has thought of. Plus, when I’m not fostering, I’ve learned to use my Behind-The-Scences talents at Adoption Events-this way 3 people don’t have to hug/pet my crying Foster if I need to run to the bathroom!! Hey

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1 ggnp

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is amazing! I've been a volunteer, foster, adopter and donor for 10 years now. The work that Muttville does is incredible. The organization has grown over the years and is efficiently run by a talented and passionate staff who are supported by an army of dedicated volunteers. It's an honor and privilege to contribute to the joy that Muttville brings not only to the dogs, but also us humans who are blessed to have them in our lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is a great organization that puts the welfare of the animals before everything. The staff is professional, caring and great to work with. I also love the great community of volunteers who devote their time and talents to the mutts.

Susan B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

To say that Sheri and the gang at Muttville have transformed my life would be an understatement. Each morning is new for me with my canine soul mate. I have adopted a number of dogs over the last three decades, and I must say that this experience was absolutely seamless. What stood out to me most is the heart and soul of each person who volunteers and/or works at the organization. I felt it the moment I walked into the open space. It's truly like nothing I've ever seen or felt before -- and the woman responsible for this, Sheri Franklin, is certainly going to heaven. The angels will also be singing to her and I'm certain that a few dogs will be barking in the background to show their own thanks and gratitude. Thank you, Muttville! Susan in San Francisco

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Muttville for about three years doing various administrative/development tasks, and it has been such a rewarding experience. The staff is wonderful and the atmosphere is so positive. I love volunteering at Muttville and would encourage anyone interested in volunteering to reach out and do so!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Muttville for eight years and feel so lucky to be a part of this organization.  There is no other organization that makes me and every dog feel so loved and appreciated.  We take on some of the worst cases of sad, shut down and broken senior dogs and turn them around into someone's forever loving companion.  Muttville really is a magical place that feeds the heart and soul of not just senior dogs but volunteers like me.  Muttville is a top notch, entrepreneurial, talented and dedicated organization that has been recognized for bringing awareness to the joy and benefits of senior dog companionship.  And, I get to be a part of it?  How could I ask for anything more?    

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2 Meghan Stevenson N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Muttville since 2016, about a year after my husband and I moved to San Francisco. I started walking a few dogs and cleaning HQ, then expanded to participating in adoption events and outreach, as well as fostering dogs. Muttville is great because it's a small organization with HUGE results. As a volunteer, I've been welcomed not just to my shift but thanked for everything I contribute, from making T-shirts for a local running race to turning our holiday party into a fundraiser. Muttville is a wonderful place, and made me feel like San Francisco is my home.

Since all Muttville dogs are friendly with other dogs and with people, we've been able to foster routinely, which has helped our reactive terrier to calm down. Our two dogs--who are also seniors--know right away when a Muttville Mutt comes to stay!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering at Muttville together since 2015 and it has been a real joy to see how she has grown in her capacity under the guidance of the staff. I’ve gone from a non- dog person to one who enjoys being around the dogs, but I really come back because of the people, the staff, the volunteers, and the adopters. The staff and volunteers feel like family and I enjoy facilitating the dogs finding their forever homes. One thing I really like about Muttville is that there is something everyone can contribute whether you are more comfortable interacting with dogs or people, or just doing lots and lots of laundry!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Muttville with my daughter since 2016. On many weeks, the hours I spend at Muttville are the highlights of my week. I get to help share the stories of the dogs with potential adopters, spend quality time with my daughter, and work alongside a great staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visiting and volunteering with Muttville is one of my true joys. The work that the folks at Muttville do is beyond inspiring. Not only do they give the finest care and boundless love to wonderful senior dogs, but the organization itself is incredibly well run. I am in awe of HOW they do the work they do. As far as I can see, every aspect of running a rescue organization is right on point -- from the people to the structure to the communication to the volunteers to the space to the interaction to the community to the mutts. From head to paw ... Muttville "gets it." I consider myself lucky to have found them. I just wish I lived closer and could volunteer more frequently.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Muttville I see the rescued seniors thrive and find their new forever families. It is an amazing happy heartfelt environment. You know that Muttville will give the senior mutts they rescue the best possible care and rehabilitation to get them ready for adoption. In the meantime they are either with loving foster families to help them get ready for adoption or at our cage free facility in San Francisco where there is only love and pets from the wonderful volunteers and staff. Love, love Muttville and my heart is filled with joy when I'm volunteering.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Several years ago I became a volunteer for Muttville, then an adopter, a donor and now a board member. I love the organization (as well as all the mutts)! The organization's DNA combines deep, serious professionalism with heart and soul. Everyone at Muttville is devoted to the best for the senior dogs and the people who interact with them, and it shows.

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2 Sherri F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the founder of Muttville, it's my life's passion and work. It is the reason I get up in the morning. We save so many lives and not just the animals but humans' lives, too! We are a stealth team and love innovating new ideas to help senior dogs get the great lives they deserve so much! We believe in 2nd chances and work hard to make that happen every single day!
Muttville is a very special place where love happens and people leave happy, we are a cage free environment where dogs socialize with humans all day! www.muttville.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Muttville, they are a great organization to foster for!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for over 4 years, doing outreach events and adoption counseling, and can't say enough wonderful things about Muttville. The staff are amazing - dedicated to the mission, devoted to the mutts and grateful and supportive of volunteers, donors and adopters. I always feel that my volunteer service is meaningful and appreciated every time I come in. It is so rewarding to connect these wonderful senior dogs with loving forever homes. Such a happy loving place! I've attached a photo with me and my favorite Mutt Monty!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has some serious soul. Every time I walk in the doors my heart is filled with love and hope for these older dogs and the lucky adopters who’s lives they will touch.

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Laura S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster for Muttville and cannot say enough good things! Muttville always puts the mutts first. The staff is not just passionate - they know what they’re doing, and they do it well. Thank you Muttville for all that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is a dog and a dog lovers dream come true! Day in and day out, this place is packed with staff and volunteers who do everything they can to allow these mutts to feel comfortable and safe. We sometimes get dogs who look so broken and abandoned and a few days later, these same dogs are happily playing with the other mutts or their human friends. The transformations are so beautiful. I love muttville!!

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1 jvisor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is an amazing place with a huge heart for senior dogs. I've adopted 4 dogs from Muttville over the years - 2 German Shepherd mixes, a pitbull mix, and a dachshund, and ALL have been the biggest sweethearts. In the last year, I started volunteering for them and can verify that staff and volunteers are sincerely warm and welcoming, with huge hearts. They are also very professional and candid with adopters, which has allowed them to grow and save more and more senior dogs each year. We have so many repeat adopters (like me) which really speaks to the relationship Muttville has with the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Muttville's big heart for older dogs attracted me to Muttville 8 years ago, both as volunteer foster home & first time donor. 8 years later & over 5,000 dogs saved by Muttville, I continue to be involved because Muttville has something extra that differentiates it from ordinary dog rescues- Muttville is professionally run. It shows in Muttville's high degree of organization, efficiency, and ability to innovate while navigating the hurdles of a rapidly growing rescue group. Last year, I was honored to join the Board of Directors as Treasurer and to be a part of helping Muttville to continue to refine its operations in order to save more seniors in a way that gives the best experience to the mutts, staff, volunteers, donors, and general public.

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1 kaywood1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best dog rescue in the SF Bay Area, if not the country. Senior dogs are often over looked but Muttville has created a market for senior dogs. The dogs come from shelters all over the country and are transformed once they cross the Muttville threshold. Medically, the dogs are given whatever treatment they need no matter the expense. The Muttville staff is always on hand to help with an adoption or with any problems/concerns that may arise after the adoption is complete. Adopters are asked to sign a waiver stating they will accept the dog back if the adoption does not work out. I also love the fact that they have a fospice program for terminally ill dogs who are placed in loving foster homes until it's time to say goodbye. We have adopted 8 senior dogs from Muttville over the years and highly recommend this rescue. A five star rating is not enough - I would give more if I could.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in animal rescue for many years and I have never been involved with an organization as amazing as Muttville. Sherri and team have literally created a market for senior and special needs dogs who otherwise would be euthanized. They are deeply committed to the dogs in their care and go above and beyond to place a dog in it's forever home. Anything I need as a volunteer, I only have to ask, they are always available. The fact that they have created a fospice program along with an amazing seniors-for-seniors program shows how progressive they are in their attitude towards dog rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Muttville. I’ve gotten pallets of food donated to them, raised money and given my time to these senior sweethearts for nine years now. For the past two years, I’ve gone every week to spend time mopping, taking dogs for walks and generally just giving/getting love from these sugar faces because my own dog passed away but I needed to spend time with dogs. If you want to know why senior dogs rule, understand what it means to give fearlessly or how important the positive influence of dogs are, support Muttville, visit Muttville.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muttville is an incredible success story. Who could have guessed that the most unwanted dogs (seniors) would become the most incredible sources of love, joy, and companionship for their new families? Who knew senior dogs were really just nuggets of incredible treasure?

Muttville knew! They transformed the lives of 1000's of dogs not just in California, but across the country and world as the world learns to see senior dogs through a new pair of glasses.

This is the happiest 'shelter' you will ever visit. No sadness, only joy, and optimism, and unity, and a deep sense of purpose. The greatest non-profit I could have ever hoped to be a part of.

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